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These are called bootlegs for a reason.
on June 8, 2003
And that reason is that the recording quality usually stinks atrociously-the Quine Tapes of the Velvet Underground concerts just before the release of Loaded are no exception. The technology is out there to clean messes like this up (listen to King Crimson's Epitaph box set and prepare for an epiphany in digital transfer and cleanup), so the real tragedy is the missed opportunity to get the message out that the Velvet Underground was, bar none, the most original American band of their time. Still, for the fan, this 3 disc set will be a sweet deal. Included are not one, not two, but THREE savage versions of Sister Ray-or Sister Rave-up . . . you'll get the drift once you listen. You will also be treated to a pre-Loaded version of Rock and Roll, sans killer guitar solo; the same can be said of What Goes On, longer but inferior to the studio version and the live version on the five disc boxed-set. Other stand-outs, however are Foggy Notion, which just sizzles on disc one, and the one-two attack of Follow the Leader and White Light White Heat on disc two-these two songs together run over 27 minutes, still not as long as the Sister Ray version that closes the disc!